The Holunder Motif in Kleist's Das Kathchen von Heilbronn and Its Nineteenth-Century Context

Title:
The Holunder Motif in Kleist's Das Kathchen von Heilbronn and Its Nineteenth-Century Context
Authors:
Huff, Steven R.
Abstract:
Present-day audiences of Kleist's Das Käthchen von Heilbronn are reluctant to view the heroine's notorious and seemingly unmotivated inclination to talk in her sleep as much more than an unfortunate "romantic" trapping. However, an examination of pharmacological and folkloric sources concerning the Holunderbaum lends plausibility to Käthchen's behavior and shows the Holunder motif to be central to the theme and the dramatic development of the play. Because nineteenth-century readers understood the powerful symbolic content of the motif, writers who followed Kleist did not hesitate to employ this poetic device as well.
Citation:
Huff, Steven R. Summer 1991. "The Holunder Motif in Kleist's Das Kathchen von Heilbronn and Its Nineteenth-Century Context." The German Quarterly 64(3): 304-312.
Publisher:
Wiley for the American Association of Teachers of German
DATE ISSUED:
1991
Department:
German
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.2307/406393
Additional Links:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/406393?origin=crossref
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/603991

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dc.contributor.authorHuff, Steven R.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-30T12:36:17Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-30T12:36:17Zen
dc.date.issued1991en
dc.identifier.citationHuff, Steven R. Summer 1991. "The Holunder Motif in Kleist's Das Kathchen von Heilbronn and Its Nineteenth-Century Context." The German Quarterly 64(3): 304-312.en
dc.identifier.issn0016-8831en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/603991en
dc.description.abstractPresent-day audiences of Kleist's Das Käthchen von Heilbronn are reluctant to view the heroine's notorious and seemingly unmotivated inclination to talk in her sleep as much more than an unfortunate "romantic" trapping. However, an examination of pharmacological and folkloric sources concerning the Holunderbaum lends plausibility to Käthchen's behavior and shows the Holunder motif to be central to the theme and the dramatic development of the play. Because nineteenth-century readers understood the powerful symbolic content of the motif, writers who followed Kleist did not hesitate to employ this poetic device as well.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherWiley for the American Association of Teachers of Germanen
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/406393en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/406393?origin=crossrefen
dc.subject.departmentGermanen_US
dc.titleThe Holunder Motif in Kleist's Das Kathchen von Heilbronn and Its Nineteenth-Century Contexten_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe German Quarterlyen
dc.identifier.volume64en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage304en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The German Quarterlyen
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